‘Bah humbug’ company sends redundancy letters to workers on Christmas Eve

Staff working in a social care and education company have reportedly been informed on Christmas Eve that they could be made redundant by next week, in a move that people have labelled "disgusting".

Horton Establishments Limited administrators sent a letter to employees telling them that the company had gone into administration and if nobody bought it, staff could be made redundant on December 31.

The Hull company, which has received negative backlash online for its decision, is now on sale for Gilbert Baitson Auctioneers and Valuers' site and is seeking offers for just seven days, HullLive reports.

Horton Establishments Ltd is responsible for a group of special community-based schools, children's homes and adult homes.

The staff claim they knew nothing about the company's poor financial situation and say that the redundancy has come "out of the blue".

It is also understood that employees were paid this month's wages on December 24.

The letter to staff reads: "If it is not possible to secure a sale at least in principle by 31 December 2021, it is likely that the company will have to cease to trade immediately as without more and as things stand at present, the company is forecast to incur substantial trading losses in the first three months of 2022.

"In the event that the company ceases to trade either of its businesses (the school or the adult care business), then the employees of either or both businesses will have to be made redundant."

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Staff members have also been invited by the joint administrators to an initial consultation meeting next week, in which the administration process will be explained.

People have been responding to the shocking news online, calling the timing "disgraceful".

One disgruntled online commenter said: "WOW this is not only sad news for the employees, but also for all those people they the employees care for. Surely they could have given them prior warnings of this. To deliver such news on Christmas eve is awful."

Another said: "Couldn't they have sent the letters out after Christmas? Let people enjoy tomorrow and boxing day without stress."

A third said: "Bah humbug the sad thoughtless B's."

The company has been approached for comment.

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